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2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 28 – Wed. April 3, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture SF 170          Agriculture Extension Offices.  Changes the dates and process for filling vacancies on ag extension councils.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Calendar SF 548          Land Purchase Prevention. Prohibits the use of non-point source water pollution control projects that receive [...]

House Democrats Offer Plan to End Medicaid Privatization

After UnitedHealthcare announced they are leaving Iowa on Friday, Iowa House Democrats offered a plan today to finally end Medicaid privatization and put Iowans back in charge of health care. “Enough is enough. With 425,000 Iowans facing another disruption in their health care, it’s time for the Iowa Legislature to act now and end Medicaid privatization.  [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 21 – Wed. March 27

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 21 – Wed. March 27, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture HF 733         Hemp Regulation. Regulates the cultivation of industrial Hemp (passed House Ways and Means Committee 25-0) to House Ways and Means Calendar. SF 265          Sale of Mushrooms at Farmers Markets. Allows for the sale of certain times of [...]

Inside the Iowa House: Improving Access to Health Care

Last week, I joined several other state lawmakers for a roundtable and public forum in New Hampton, Iowa on the health care crisis we’re facing today.  The goal was to hear from Iowans on the front lines of the health care system about the challenges they face and to develop some ideas on how we can [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 14 – Wed. March 20

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 14 – Wed. March 20, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations HF 307         Honey Creek Bonds.  Code clean-up for the repeal of the Honey Creek Bond Authority as all the bonds have been paid off. (passed Committee 24-0) to House Appropriations Calendar. Commerce HF 426         Insurance Division Bill. Updates criminal [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. March 7 – Wed. March 13

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. March 7 – Wed. March 13, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Agriculture SF 519          Agriculture Facility Trespass. Individuals who use deception to obtain access to ag production facilities can be criminally charged. (passed House 65-32) to Governor. HF 733         Hemp Regulation. Regulates the cultivation of industrial Hemp (passed committee 21-1) to [...]

First Funnel 2019: List of Eligible Bills

On Friday, March 8, the Legislature hit the first self-imposed deadline to narrow the number of bills still eligible for debate, called the “funnel”. While there are a few exceptions for tax and budget bills, any bill that has not cleared a House or Senate Committee is dead for the year. Click to see the full [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 2 – Wed. March 6

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 28 – Wed. March 6, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HSB 218      Implements of Husbandry Weight Limit. Raises weight limitations for some implements of husbandry (passed Committee 20-3) to House Calendar HSB 236      Agriculture Facility Trespass. Individuals who use deception to obtain access to ag production facilities can be criminally [...]

Legislative Democrats Release Plan to Put Iowans First

Democratic lawmakers outlined their agenda called Putting Iowans First at the State Capitol this week.  After hearing from Iowans frustrated by the growing influence of special interests in the Legislature, lawmakers developed the agenda for the legislative session to put everyday Iowans back at the front of the line again. In recent years, the Governor and [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 21 – Wed. February 27

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 21 – Wed. Feb. 27, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HSB 173      Beginning Farmer Tax Credit.  Modifies the beginning farmer tax credit program and returns the tax credit level to $12 million annually.  (passed Committee 21-0) to House Ways and Means HSB 199      Trade Resolution. A House Concurrent Resolution calling [...]

Inside the Iowa House: Keep Politics Out of Iowa Courts

The way Iowa selects judges has been a model for the nation for decades.  It’s a merit based selection process that is fair, impartial, and non-partisan.  The system was put in place in 1962 when our Iowa Constitution was updated to require vacancies in Iowa courts be selected by the Governor from qualified lists of nominees [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 14 – Wed. February 20

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 14 – Wed. Feb. 20, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Appropriations HF 307         Transportation Equity. Appropriates $19 million to the Transportation Equity Fund under the Department of Management, and establishes an appropriation for the fund for future years. Also appropriates an additional $2.3 million to the school aid formula for school [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. February 7 – Wed. February 13

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Feb. 7 – Wed. Feb. 13, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF   Appropriations HF 307         Transportation Equity. Appropriates $19 million to the Transportation Equity Fund under the Department of Management, and establishes an appropriation for the fund for future years. Also appropriates an additional $2.3 million to the school aid formula for [...]

2019 Weekly Bill Tracking, Thurs. January 31 – Wed. February 6

WEEKLY BILL TRACKING Thurs. Jan. 31 – Wed. Feb. 6, 2019 HOUSE DEMOCRATIC RESEARCH STAFF Agriculture HF 8              Commercial Animal Establishment License Change.  HF 8 eliminates the requirement to provide an identification number (tax ID or Social Security number) when applying for a license to run a commercial nonagricultural animal facility.(Passed Agriculture 12-11) to House Calendar [...]

Inside the Iowa House: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Everyday Iowans

The 2019 Legislative Session is well underway.  I’m excited about the opportunities this year to work together and address some of the challenges facing our state. As the Leader of Iowa House Democrats, our caucus is proposing several ideas this year that will improve the lives of everyday Iowans. First, we need to make health care [...]

Power Grab: GOP Lawmakers Plan to Inject Politics in Iowa Courts

Iowa judges are selected using a merit selection process. A nonpartisan commission nominates qualified individuals to fill each judicial selection. Judicial nominees are then chosen from these merit based nominations from the commissions. Judicial nominating commissions are required by Iowa’s Constitution. In 1962, the state Constitution was updated to require vacancies in the Supreme Court and [...]

Iowa House Republicans Ignore the Votes of 29 Iowans

In the first vote in the Iowa House in 2019, Republican lawmakers voted to deny 29 Iowans their right to vote. On a straight party line vote, the House passed the Majority Report to disenfranchise 29 voters from Winneshiek County in the election contest filed by Kayla Koether of Decorah. "As a voter who could not [...]

GOP Lawmakers Shut Out Iowa Voters in Election Contest

Republican lawmakers in charge of the Election Contest Committee said late Tuesday that they will not allow disenfranchised voters or any witnesses to testify for the committee before sending a report to the full House. “I’m disappointed that the majority party isn’t allowing us to have an actual committee hearing - we need to hear testimony [...]

Rep. Prichard to Lead Iowa House Democrats

PRICHARD TO LEAD IOWA HOUSE DEMOCRATS Oldson Elected As Democratic Whip Des Moines, Iowa – State Representative Todd Prichard of Charles City was elected today to serve as the new leader of Iowa House Democrats. Rep. Jo Oldson of Des Moines was elected as the Democratic Whip and four other lawmakers were elected as Assistant Democratic [...]

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